(Springfield, IL) -- The IRS is warning Illinois residents to be on the lookout for scammers who are targeting taxpayers. Sue Hales, Illinois' IRS spokesperson, says tax scammers appeal to victims by promising larger rebates and increased tax credits.
Hales says everyone should check out tax preparer offers with the IRS to make sure they are real.
Hales says the tax preparation scams are on the rise and may result in fraudulent tax returns and in even some cases of identity theft. The tax scams are mostly advertised by flyer and e-mail, but scams have also been known to spread by word of mouth in tight-knit communities such as churches.